Burnie offers a unique volunteer greet and meet program, and is the only port to offer a free shuttle bus, usually to the visitors center or the towns Main Street and a special newspaper designed specifically for passengers and crew.
Burnie Port being a working seaport it is an extremely busy area. Therefore the shuttle buses on offer are the only means of exiting and entering dockside.
The visitor information center is located at Little Alexander Street.
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Settled in 1827 (before Melbourne) as Emu Bay, Burnie's early heritage was dominated by the towering rain forests that cloaked the land and more than a century later, by the pulp and paper mill that helped shape the city as it is today.
Leaf through the pages of Burnie's history at the city's Pioneer Village Museum which has brought to life the trials, tribulations and trivialities from the pioneers to the present day.
Waves and Wildlife
With sand and surf almost lapping at the door, Burnie's central business and shopping district provides a thoroughfare to the beachside boardwalk and to a 17-kilometer walking trail that skirts the city. In about the time it takes to enjoy a cappuccino you can be working it off along the beautiful pathways of Burnie Park through native rain forest to a dramatic waterfall.
Or (if you're lucky) you can catch a glimpse of platypus just a few minutes drive east of the city at Fernglade, a tranquil retreat for picnicking or simply meandering along the banks of the Emu River.
Gourmets and Gardens
When you've worked up an appetite head up the hill to sample the region's famous cheeses at the Lactos Cheese Tasting center and take advantage of the local prices and a vast array of Tasmanian specialty produce from pickles and native peppercorns to the best Tasmanian wines.
Wing's Farm is a privately operated wildlife rescue center that the owners (three generations of family farmers) open up to visitors. All of the animals are rescued and could not survive in the wild, so you get to see Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, and Kangaroos up close with narration from friendly family farmers.
Attached to the Pioneer Village Museum is the Burnie visitor information center.
Follow the foreshore boardwalk from Hilder Pde to the western end of West Beach, where there’s a penguin observatory. Book at the visitor information center for free dusk tours (October to February).
Continue south and you'll reach spectacular Annsleigh Gardens and Tea Rooms (open September to May) and the renowned Rhododendron Gardens (open August to February) - superb displays of more than 9,000 wild and hybrid rhododendrons in a natural 12-hectare amphitheater.
Or further still to Australia's biggest eucalypt tree farm - the Surrey Hills Tree Farm Estate - and enjoy a scenic drive through some of the richest farmland in Tasmania.
Return to the city via Guide Falls - a gentle cascade in summer flowing to a torrent during winter.
McDonalds at the southern end of the town has free WiFi.
Shops are always open when a cruise ship is in town.
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